Troy Nixey Playing with 'Simple Machines' After Del Toro's Dark

August 3, 2009

Troy Nixey

That's a very confusing headline, so apologies for that. Here's the scoop: Troy Nixey (seen above on set), the newest Guillermo del Toro protege, is directing the Don't Be Afraid of the Dark remake for del Toro this summer. Variety announces that his follow-up project will be one called Simple Machines, a "family fantasy" that he also wrote about a reclusive young inventor who must save his beloved creation from an evil industrialist before he uses it to corrupt the world. Phoenix Pictures is developing this project a long with a handful of young, new producers. I'm definitely curious about this, but I'll have to hear more about it first.

While we don't know much more about the plot of Simple Machines besides what Variety gave us, Nixey did also say that this project "stems from his affection for early movie comedians such as Charlie Chaplin and Harold Lloyd and how they dealt with the world around them." Interesting inspiration, especially for a guy who seems to be going very dark and horrific with Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. If you haven't seen it yet, Nixey directed a creepy horror short film called Latchkey's Lament, which you can see a trailer for online. I think this guy definitely has some potential, especially with visuals, and I'll certainly be following his career.

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